good system?

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  1. DLF

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    http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=746&sc=27

    anyone think this is a good system? not looking for anything really fancy, just something with good sound. i know i might be able to get the speakers individualy cheaper so i will look around.

    also if some wants to suggest a good reciever say around 6-700$ range, and a good dvd player, i would be gratefull

    i dont know a whole alot about what speakers are better than the others i have heard jbl before and they sounded pretty good in a friends house (wasnt these though) and i dont care for bose or yamaha, i dont know a thing about polk or sony speakers sooooo. as for recievers it will have to be one that can support all my stuff, direct tv,playstation2, dvd (also used for cdplayer). this will be viewed on a 36" sony flat screen (hope to one day get a plasma) if it makes a difference.

    thanks
     
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    Scott P I are lurking through. . .

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    that ought to sound fairly good, as for a receiver, check to see if your DVD player has fiber optic outputs. If it does, try and find a reciever that also the matching inputs. It has been my expirience that Fiber optic > *.Rca's when it comes to sound
     
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    There is no audible difference between a coaxial digital and a toslink (fiber) sp/dif connection. The only time you would get any difference in sound would be if the coaxial digital cable was connecting two devices with different ground potentials, and that might cause a ground loop.
     
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    DLF:

    I suggest you spend around 300 dollars or so on the Receiver, and the other 400 dollars you were going to spend on the speakers you are going to get. JBL's home stuff is decent enough, but I think you would be much happier spending more on the speakers and less on the receiver, as the speakers will affect the sound.

    If you want to buy from that website I would suggest going with something like this: http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=530&sc=32 or http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=791&sc=32 or http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=192&sc=32

    For the center and surrounds, the matching equipment that costs around 400 for them all. And for the sub, I suppose a matching one as well.

    http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/core/view_BigProduct.cfm?pid=593&sc=7 would work well as your reciever.

    You might want to look into other websites as well before you buy too. Are you going to go to the store and listen to the speakers before you buy them?
     
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    Scott P I are lurking through. . .

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    I must admit that I am not terribly familiar with most home audio stuff, but is there really that little difference in sound quality between optical cables and say monster cable rca's?
     
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    When you say monster cable rca's do you mean analog or coaxial digital?

    Technically, hooking your dvd or cd player up to your reciever with a digital connection will yield better sound quality due to the fact that less noise could be introduced, especially with a optical cable.

    However, in reality, the difference between any of the setups would very unlikely be audible, and the only difference in sound you would get would be more or less noise.

    Monster cable's audio cable difference is only in looks and noise rejection over a cheaper cable. If you have noise, then upgrading MIGHT help. Otherwise it won't change the sound.
     
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    yeah i was going to try and listen to some before i made my final decision i was just using that site as it was easy to show what kind i was thinking of. i have heard infinity and those sound nice and like i said my friend has jbl and i liked those also.

    so to go with whatever of thosew i decide on i should go with matching center and surrounds? anything in particular i should be looking for ? and would you suggest one sub or 2? some say 1 some say 2 put at different ends of the room. i like tht reciever and it looks as if it should be able to hook up everything that i have dvd, ps2, etc...i will most likely go with reg rca cables as im not sure that for the price that the more expensie monstor cables or optical will make that much of a difference. thanks for the suggestions and please keep em coming.

    also if you happen to know of a good sight the carries cherry wood entertainment centers and other furniture let me know. thanks again
     
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    Well out of those choices, I would go with the Klipsch, because they are typically quite efficeint and can get pretty loud with even modest amplifier power.

    As for the subwoofers, depending on how much you want to spend, if its around 400 dollars or so, I would get the Adire Rava www.adireaudio.com but if you want to spend a bit more money, i would look into SVS subwoofers http://www.svsubwoofers.com/

    And no, don't go with Monster cable, unless you simply must have beautiful looking audio cables, because they wont affect the sound.

    Also, even a 300 dollar receiver would have plenty of inputs to allow your ps2, dvd, etc...

    Sorry I don't know any online places for furniture.
     
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    Yeah all of those would work fine, but personally, I would skip going with a center channel and set your receiver up for "phantom" mode, meaning it plays the center channel through your main stereo speakers. You would save money, and could spend that toward your main stereo speakers. If you set them up well, and sit in the middle, a center channel is not necessary.

    Also for the subwoofer, check my other post, IMO Klipsch subwoofers arent that great of a deal.

    Also for the speaker wire, I reccomend http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/show...6&St3=-69118756&DS_ID=3&Product_ID=2792&DID=7

    For video cables: http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/show...St3=-69118756&DS_ID=3&Product_ID=117471&DID=7

    I would get this cable, it will take care of the optical digital audio output from your dvd player to the reciver, and you can use the s-video cable for your ps2 or other device: http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/show...&St3=-69118756&DS_ID=3&Product_ID=16159&DID=7
     
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    my ps2 only has a optic cable output it doesnt have a svideo cable. my current dvd play has both?
     
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    So you are going to use the S-video from the dvd player? If so, I would recommend getting that cable.
     
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    yeah i will use the svideo for the dvd and the optic for the ps2

    this might sound dumb but does the optic carry sound and picture or just sound? if just sound then i guess i will still have to use the yellow rca end for the picture that is part of the ps2 correct?
     
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    Yes an optical cable only carries sound. Yeah the normal yellow composite cable will work. Although I think you can buy s-video or component video adaptors for your PS2.
     
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    OK I believe ive decided on what to get

    reciever:http://www.harmankardon.com/product_detail.asp?cat=REC&prod=AVR 230&sType=C
    its got all the connections in the back that i want and i like it :)

    dvd player:http://www.harmankardon.com/product_detail.asp?cat=DVD&prod=DVD 101&sType=C

    i wont post all the links but as for cables im going to go with component for the dvd player and the ps2 ( found a component cable put out for ps2 by monster, picked it and a fiber optic cable off ebay for 25$ brand new) my direct tv will be s video.

    thats what i have so far, need to save up a little for the speakers i havent completly made up my mind on anything but the sub im more than likely going with http://www.adireaudio.com/.

    so what ya think ?
     
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    oh yeah the prices on the reciever and the dvd player are not what i will be paying i found them for what i think is a good price on ebay from a company called soundtronics, or a place on the internet calle etronics for alot less. than direct from harman or anywhere else
     
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    That sounds good to me. What speakers are you going with? And which Adire subwoofer are you getting?

    What speaker wire and component cables are you using?

    Finally, how much did the receiver and dvd player cost?
     
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    reciever is 374.00

    dvd player is 220.00

    im going to use the component wires and speaker you suggested http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/show...St3=-69118756&DS_ID=3&Product_ID=117471&DID=7 ill probably buy from that sight but im gonna serch ebay first because that is where i got the cables for the playstation and they were really cheap for being monster cables, i know monster really isnt any better but ift there just as good and i can get them cheaper on ebay why not

    speaker wire will probably be gotten off of ebay to as i saw some on there as well that was 12 gauge. and come in pretty good sized rolls.

    for the sub http://www.adireaudio.com/home_audio/loudspeakers/exact_series/rava.htm i think that it should be good for what im wanting, if you have a better choice or disagree let me know . possibly this one if i can swing the price http://www.svsubwoofers.com/subs_pcplus_25-31.htm


    as for the other speakers ill more than likely stick with klipsch as you said they were pretty good speakers

    any more suggestions ?
     
  19. 04

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    Yeah that setup looks pretty damn good to me!

    As for the subs, if you can spend the extra cash on the SVS it will be louder and probably sound better than the RAVA, but both are good subs, and suit their price ranges well.
     

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